This will be my final eTIPS column before the November Holidays, so I would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving (and Happy Chanukah, too), during which I hope you will all have the opportunity to spend some special time with your family and friends. With the busy Holiday season now upon us, please remember that TIPS has some important programs coming up before year's end and next year.
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee's Fall Program, Financial Institution Bond Claims in the 21st Century, in Boston, MA. The productivity and vitality of FSLC programming is a shining example of TIPS expertise, and a great reflection on our Section. I congratulate Committee Chair David Olson and Chair-Elect Mike Pipkin for producing a fantastic and well-attended program. On December 5th, the FSLC will also present an ethics audio webinar you will not want to miss, The Surety and Fidelity Carrier's Ethical Obligations in Responding to Requests for the Production of Documents, which will feature a discussion of legal and ethical considerations when responding to discovery requests and seeking to protect privileged documents and information from disclosure.
Please also watch for more information regarding registration for other TIPS programs, including the Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee's ethics webinar on December 10th, An Ethical Trek Through the Digital Domain: Social Media, Mobile Devices and More!, the Civil Litigation Ski CLE program TIPS co-sponsors in Vail, CO January 8-12, the 2014 Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits, January 16-18 in Austin, TX, and the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee's Mid-Winter Meeting, January 23-24 in New York, NY. Now is also a good time to pencil in on your calendar TIPS' newest program, the very first GLE (golf!) program, Rub' O the Green: Litigation, Ethics and the Rules of Golf Ethics CLE Program and Golf Tournament, which will be held in Tucson, AZ March 20-22 and will feature presentations on topics including forensic accounting, mock jury trials, disqualification motions, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and more.
In closing, please accept my thanks, personally and from our great Section, for joining TIPS, or for renewing your membership for the 2013-14 year. As we celebrate our Holidays next week, I hope you will join me in including among our reasons to be thankful, the contributions and friendship of your fellow Section members, the TIPS leadership, our sponsors and our 13 TIPS Staff members. Without everyone's dedication and help, the continued success and growth of this Section would not be possible. Finally, I also thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as Section Chair this year. On behalf of the Section's leadership and staff, we look forward to serving you over the next year, and for years to come.
Have a wonderful Holiday!
Chair, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Call for TIPS Officer and Council Nominations
During the 2014 ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago, the TIPS Council will nominate:
1) Five general Council members - to serve three year terms which will begin at the end of the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting in Boston
2) One Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates - to serve a three year term which will begin at the end of the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting in Boston. Delegates "must have served a minimum of two years as a General Member of Council"
3) One Section Vice-Chair - to serve a one year term which will begin at the end of the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting in Boston
Anyone interested in being considered for one of these positions or in nominating someone else should complete this form and submit it, with the nominee's current resume or CV to TIPS Staff Director, Mary Ann Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 15, 2014.
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